Cal sweeps 2013 Pac-12 women's swimming awards
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California freshman Elizabeth Pelton was named Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever was named Pac-12 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, the Conference office announced today. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head women's swimming coaches.
Pelton flourished in her first season in Berkeley, claiming Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors in November and posting the NCAA's top times in the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM. The Towson, Md. native was named Swimmer of the Meet at the Pac-12 Championships after winning individual titles in the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM. She established a new Pac-12 record in the 200 backstroke and swam the opening leg of the Bears' winning 400 freestyle relay at the Conference Championships. At the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Pelton garnered CSCAA Swimmer of the Meet laurels after setting an NCAA and American record in the 200 backstroke to capture her first individual national title and posting second-place finishes in the 200 IM and the 200 freestyle. She also helped the Bears to a trio of third-place finishes in relays.
McKeever led the Golden Bears to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships last month. Cal claimed titles in three individual events and notched top-five finishes in four of five relays to secure its fifth straight top-three finish at the national meet. Cal swimmers have collected Swimmer of the Meet accolades at each of the last two NCAA Championships as Caitlin Leverenz claimed the honor in 2012. McKeever, who is in her 21st year at the helm of the Cal program, served as the head women's coach for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This is the sixth Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor for McKeever, who has coached six Pac-12 Swimmers of the Year, including Pelton.